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Breast Implant Material: Does It Matter?

Posted October 21, 2019 in Breast Augmentation

For years, the debate between silicone and saline implants has left countless women wondering which implant type is best. There are so many overwhelmingly different opinions that you may find yourself asking, does it even matter? The truth is, implant material is just one aspect of breast augmentation, and a variety of factors will determine what should matter most to you.

What Appearance and Feel Do You Desire?

The material inside the implants can affect the appearance and feel of your breasts. Silicone implants tend to mimic a more natural look and feel, which may appeal to you if you desire subtle, natural-looking results. Saline implants tend to create a firmer feel, and in some cases, they may also look fuller and more youthful. This may appeal if you are more interested in youthful and dramatic results to highlight your curves.

Ultimately, in addition to implant material, implant size and placement as well as your natural anatomy play equally important roles in the final results. As examples, placing saline implants under the chest muscle allows more of the natural breast to be felt. Larger implants of either material will yield more dramatic results. If you have naturally thin breast tissue, the difference between saline and silicone is more noticeable. It is best to weigh all these factors together rather than making the decision based solely on implant type.

How Do You Feel About Scarring?

Saline implants are filled after insertion, which means the surgical incision can be smaller. Silicone implants, which are pre-filled, require a larger incision. If you have strong feelings about your breast augmentation scars, you may want to steer toward saline implants. Conversely, if scarring does not matter to you, you should make your decision based on other factors.

How Do You Feel About Silicone?

Silicone implants have been approved by the FDA as safe for general use. However, some people have reservations about putting silicone into their bodies. Research has indicated that potential complications such as capsular contracture may be more common with silicone implants, although these complications are still rare. Ultimately, you should be comfortable with your choice. If you have reservations about silicone, choosing saline implants instead may help you feel happier in the long run.

What is Your Age?

Silicone implants are only approved by the FDA for women ages 22 and older. If you are between 18 and 22 years of age, you will most likely need to get saline implants. If you are 22 or older, you have the freedom to choose between silicone and saline.

How Do You Feel About the Cost?

Saline implants are more affordable than silicone. If the expense is a significant concern for you, you may wish to choose saline. However, bear in mind that many providers offer financing options to make breast augmentation more affordable, which can help make it possible for you to get silicone implants if they are what you prefer. Dr. Taleisnik can help you with financing through CareCredit® if you need financial assistance.

What are Your Concerns About Breast Shape and Sagging?

If you have concerns about your breasts sagging or about their shape, breast implants can help to correct both issues. Saline implants may be more helpful in this situation due to their firmer and fuller shape, as they can create a more rounded and lifted appearance.

How Do You Feel About Implant Rupture?

Modern implants are incredibly durable, and rupture is unlikely. If it does occur, the ruptured implant can be removed and replaced with a new, intact implant. Depending on the type of material, implant rupture may or may not lead to a visible change in the appearance of the breasts. If you would rather get an MRI to detect a rupture, silicone is recommended. If you would rather know immediately by detecting a physical change in your breast appearance, saline is recommended. If implant rupture is not a priority, consider other factors with greater importance.

Your decisions about breast augmentation are highly personal and should match your unique needs and preferences. If you need help weighing these factors, Dr. Taleisnik can provide an objective perspective. He can help you come to a conclusion about which breast implant material is best for you. To schedule your personal consultation now, contact Dr. Taleisnik online or call or text Linae at (657) 294-8375.